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Old-timey "Box Supper" or
Shadow Party Will Be
Feature of Mfet
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Thursday night the Kiwanis group
hold their annual ladies' night pro
gram, at which time each member is
to bring hi* wife or lady friend to
the yearly j^piboree.^
This program ia to be featured by
an oM-timey "box supper" or shadow
party. Assembling in the hall at 7
o'clock Thursday night each lady at
tending is to bring a box containing
supper for herself and whatever man
may be the lucky one purchaaing her
According to present plana, some
of the boxes will be disguised and
sold to the highest bidder; while, on
the other hand, certain of the ladies
will be marched behind a sheet and
"bought" from the shadow they cast.
This party is going to be one of the
most popular yearly affairs the Ki
wanians have ever put on in thia town.
There will be a light program, con
sisting of stunts, music, snd what
have-you. Each member ia supposed
to be in attendance promptly at 7 o'-
clock, accompanied by his guest La
dies' night comes in this organization
once each year, and always it is the
red-letter program of the year.
The program committee is com
posed of these single gentlemen: Bill
Peel, Bill Spivey, and Bill Carstar
phen, with Harcum Grimes thrown in
for good measure.
Public Invited To Attend
Meeting in High School
Building at 7:30
More than 200 visitors and a large
number of local juniors and other citi
zens of the town are expected to take
part in a district Junior Order meet
ing here next Friday afternoon and
evening. Leading officials in the or
ganisation are scheduled to take part
in the program, and much interest is
expected to center in the two seasions,
it was stated by District Deputy S. L.
Roberson yesterday.
At 3 o'clock in the afternoon the
juniors will hold • business meeting
in the Legionnaire Hall, followed by
a parade of the mebmers. A barbe
cue supper will be served the mem
bers just before the public meeting
that will be held in the high school
building at 7:30 o'clock. The follow
ing p-ogram has been arranged for
the public gathering:
Song, "America," by audience.
Invocation, by Rev. J. M. Perry.
Address of welcome, by Mayor R.
L. Coburn.
Response, by Elbert S. Peel.
Address by Lewis P.„Hamlin, State
Trio, Mrs. Martin, Mrs. W. C. Man
ning, jr., Mr*. Parker.
Introduction of speaker, by E. V.
Address by E. A. Llewellyn, past
national councillor.
Duet, Rev. and Mrs. J. M. Perry.
Song, by audience.
Benediction, by Rev. C. H. Dickey.
Was Mother of the Late
Jamei Herbert Ward
of Williamston (
Mrs. Mary E. Ward, mother of the
late Herbert Ward, of this place, died
at the home of her daughter, Mrs. J.
Rufus Carson, near Parmele, early
last Sunday morning. She was found
dead in bed, relatives believing she had
bean dead only a short while when
they reached her. When Mrs. Ward
retired Saturday night she was be
lieved to have been in her usual health
except for a slight cold.
Mrs. Ward was well known in Wil
liamston, she having spent much time
here during the past 20 years visiting
g,j her son and daughter, Mrs. J. H.
Page. Since the death of Mr. Ward
she visited her grandchildren fre
quently, and had many friends in the
town and community.
One son, Hutchinson Ward, of
> '• Greenvife; t*o daubers, Mr 4 J.
Rufus Carson and Mrs. Sallie Jones,
of Bethel; one sister, Mrs. Martha
Moore, of Greenville, and a number
of grandchildren and great-grandchil
dren survive.
Mrs. Ward was 81 years old and
was noted for her gentleness and
Christfiftalike character.
The funeral was held yesterday aft
ernoon at 2 o'clock by Elder B. S.
Cowin. Interment was in the Luke
W«vd burial ground in Pitt County.
Worker Secured
Welfare Work
Meeting last week, the Martin
County Welfare Board discussed
plant for handling relief work in
the county during the coming win
ter, making auch suggestions that
will be of much value to all con
cerned, it is believed. Miss Ward,
representing the Reconstruction
Finance Corporation, from whence
much of the relief money is re
ceived, suggested that a case
worker be appointed to investigate
the applications snd make recom
mendations for relief. J. R. Man
ning, of Jamesville, who has han
dled local relief work in that strick
en section for aome time, waa ap
pointed, and a|ready he haa inves
tigated more than ISO cases in all
parts of the county.
Cooperative Sale of
Potatoes Is Planned
AUTOS KILL 33.500 1
Washington, Nov. 2S.—A toll
of 33.500 deaths and injuries to
more than 1,000,000 people was
exacted by traffic accidents in the
United States in 1931.
The national conference on
street and highway safety, Sec
retary Chapin said in his annual
report today, estimated the eco
nomic loss of the accidents, to
gether with traffic congestion, at
more than >3,000,000,000.
"Reports for 1932," the secre
tary continued, "so far as avail
able on June 30, show for the first
time in automobile history a de
crease in the fatality rate but this
decrease is small and it attribut
able in the main to reduction in
automobile registrations."
Mention March on Nation's
Capital and Picketing
Of Highways
Strongly protesting the prevailing
low prices offered for peanuts, far
mers in this and several adjoining
counties are discussing the situation
in a mass meeting being held this aft
ernoon at Murfreeshoro. A number
of Martin farmers and business men
are attending the meeting this after
Those concerned in the industry
•re said to have in mind drastic meas
ures for boosting prices of the goob
ers and a few are contemplating ac
tions including a march on Washing
ton and picketing of highways to pre
vent delivery of peanuts at present
At a meeting held in Scotland Neck
yesterday the growers pledged them
selves to maintain a solid and united
front in the fight for higher prices,
and after much discussion, that at
times grew heated, adopted a resolu
tion that embodied three salient points.
The resolution read "that the pea
nut growers of the peanut belt declare
themselves unwilling to accept less
than a cent and a half to two cents
per pound for common shelling stock:
"That the farmers establish a cen
tral agency for the allotment of pea
nuts to be moved proportionately
from each locality;
"That the cleaners of this section
be asked to buy only peanuts alloted
for sale by such organisation*:
"To insure the moving of peanuts
through this agency, a thorough and.
effective system of picketing will J
shortly be established in the counties
of the peanut belt and no more move
ment of peanuts by cars, trucks, rail
roads or wagons will be permitted
without a written order from such
agency. I • >
The farmers held that the cleaning
establishments were not to blame for
current prices and maintained that
"harmonious feeling" exists between
them and the growers but farmers
and business men held that prices are
"unjustly" low.
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Young Child Dies at Home
Of Parents in Poplar Point
The five-months-old daughter, Mar
jorie Pauline, of Mr. and Mrs. R. S.
Hester died at the home of her par
ents in Poplar Point Sunday after
noon of pneumonia. Funeral serv
ices were held yesterday afternoon,
and interment followed in a Franklin
County cemetery near the old home of
the parents.
Mr. and Mrs. Hester have lived in
this county about three years.
WiUiamston, Martin County > North Carolina, Tuesday, November 29, 1932
The most deplorable individual
case reported so far waa in Gooae
Neat Townahip, where a family
of conaiderable size waa without a
chair, a table, and aa many as four
children were sleeping between
two mattressea to keep from
The lower part of the county,
aa a whole, is Buffering moat, it
was found. However, there are
many esses scattered throughout
the county, probably 500 or 600.
The caae worker atatea that in only
a very few cases were the condi
tions exaggerated, indicating that
much relief work will be necessary
to furnish even the bsre necessi
ties of life.
Number of Contracts Have
Been Signed and Others
Being Considered
Martin County farmers are plan
ning to market approximately 30,000
bushels of sweet potatoes through co- 1
operative associations next month anil
the early part of next year, according
to information coming from County
Agent T. 13. Brandon this week. Sev- 1
eral contracts have been signed and
a few more are being considered, the
agent said. Comparatively few ship
ments will be made before the new
year, and it will be some time in Feb
ruary or March before a peak will be
reached in the commercial marketing
of the crop, it is understood. The
30,000 bushels will fill about 50 cars
and will constitute one of the largest
seasons for the Martin crop sold on
foreign markets.
No price has been mentioned for the
future deliveries, but sales made for j
the Thanksgiving trade were made at '
55 cents a bushel for the best cured
potatoes, it was learned following a
visit of cooperative officials here last |
week. Last year deliveries were made !
at the rate of 70 and 76 cents a bushel
at this point through the cooperative 1
association. However, comparatively J
few potatoes were sold through the
cooperative marketing group last
year in this county, and the growers
realized as little as 45 and 50 cents a
bushel for their offerings, and some
even received less than that.
According to reports there was a
marked increase in the acreage plant
ed to the crop iii the county this ye_ar,
but unfavorable weather conditions
are said to have resulted in a sharp
decrease per acre production, giving
the county just about the same size of
crop that it had last year when 106,-
000 bushels were produced. About 1
60,000 of the 106,000 bushels were;
cured in regular curing houses in
1931. This year there has been an|
increase in the amount of potatoes!
placed in curing barns, County Agent i
Brandon estimating that 65,000 bush
els are being cured in the county this •
Last year the crop was valued at
approximately $48,000 as compared
with $76,681 received for the 1930
crop of 80,717 bushels. *
The market locally is around 35 and
40 cents a bushel, but these prices are
for uncured potatoes, as a rule.
Home needs have been well cared
for this year, reports indicating that
farmers, large and small, have
| enough on hand for their individual
consumption and some to spare dur
ing the coming winter.-
While estimates have been given on
the size of the sweet potato crop in
but a few states, it ii believed that
there is no unusually large production
this year. Tennessee reports a con
'siderable decrease in its crop.
"Grand Hotel" At The,
Watts Thursday-Friday
The picture, "Grand Hotel," recog
nized as one of the leading produc
tions of the year, has been ~boolced at
the Watts here for Thursday a"6d
Friday of this week. The cast ap
pearing in the production is one of the
greatest assembled in years, featur
ing Greta Garbo, John Barrymore,
Joan Crawford and others of screen
During the past few weeks, the pic
ture has been shown to millions in
the great population centers and iqf
being shown here at the same time it
appears in leading theatre houses of
the State. j
Route Five Will Be Con
solidated with Routes
One and Two
Rural Free Delivery Route No. S,
maintained out of the local post qffice
for many years, will go out of exist
ence Thursday, when it will be con
solidated with routes 1 and 2, it was
announced yesterday by Postmaster
Jesse T. Price. While the rural mail
deliveries will be handled by four men
after tomorrow instead of five, serv
ice for patrons on the route now
Known as No. 5 will not be impaired,
the postmaster said. Only one box
will have to be moved, the syvice
continuing to all the others as has
been the practice for years, it was
pointed out.
The only difference that will be no.
ticed, with the exception of the case
where the one patron will have to
move his box, is the slight change in
schedule. Starting Thursday of this
week, the carriers will leave the local
office at 8:15 instead of Q o'clock, caus
ing a variation in the schedule of only
a few minutes.
Mr. John A. Ward, present carrier
on No. S, will be assigned No. 1, the
change adding a little over 14 miles
to his daily trips. Mr. J. R, l.eggett,
carrier on No. 2, will continue to serve
his present patrons, hut in the change
he will serve a portion of No. 1 from
Bear Grass around by Eli Hoyt Rob
erson's and then hack to Hear Grass,
an added distance of about 17 miles.
The established routes 3 and 4 will
remain unchanged except for the new
schedule* giving patrons their mail 45
minutes earlier than the time they
are receiving mail now.
The readjustment of the service will
save the government about $1,200 an
nually, it is estimated.
Last Rites Were Held from
Christian Church Here
Mrs. Louisa Perry, one of the town's
oldest residents, died at her home here
early last Saturday morning of pneu
monia. She had been sick for about
two weeks.
Horn in Beaufort County, Mrs. P«r
ry was Miss Louisa Walker before her
marriage to the late N. T. Perry more
than 60 years ago. Following her
marriage she moved to Griffins Town
ship, where she lived until 33 years
ago, at which time she and her fam
ily moved to Williamston to make
their home. She would have been 81
years old the Bth of next month. In
early life she joined the Christian
chut eh, ever remaining -loyal to her
religious duties until her health failed
her a short time ago, ■'
She leaves two daughters, Mrs. Jo
seph F. Jones, of Williamston; Mrs.
J. D. Tetterton, of Brooklyn, N. Y.;
five sons, Messrs. James R, Perry, of
Palmyra; Albert T. Perry, of William
ston; Arthur G. Perry, of Drewryville,
Va.; W. H. Perry, of Plymouth; and
Rev. P. L. Perry, of Centerville, Ala.;
and one sister, Mrs. Wynn, of Nor
folk. She also leaves a host of grand
children and a number of great-grand
Funeral services were conducted
from the Christian church, where she
attended regularly throughout her res
idence here, by her pastor, Rev. J. M.
Perry, assisted by Rev. C. H. Dickey,
of the local Baptist church, yesterday
afternoon at 1 o'clock. Interment fol
lowed in the local cemetery beside her
husband, who died about 16 years ago.
School at Oak City Sends
$5 to Chairman County
County Chapter Here
Twenty-two names have been add
ed to the Red Cross Roll call in the
county chapter shice the last report,
it was announced by Mrs. A. K. Dun
ning, chairman, yesterday. The Oak
City school, one of the few among
outside individuals or agencies to take
part in the roll call, forwarded $5 to
the chapter chairman.
The names:
Mrs. C. T. Rogers, $1; Mr. C. T.
Rogers, $1; Mrs. Albert Perry, 50c;
Mrs. John R. Peel, $1; Mr. Roger
Critcher, 50c; Mrs. Daisy Pope, 25c;
Mrs. Paul Jones, (1; Mrs. L. B. Har
rison, $1; Mrs. R. J. Peel, $1; Miss
Sarah Harrell, $1; Miss Mary Wag
staff, ?1; Mrs. John Pope, 35c; Mr.
C. B. Roebuck, fl; Oak City School
$5; Mr. F. W. Hoyt, $1; Mrs. Cortex
Vreen, $1; Mr. C. H. Dickey, $1; Mrs.
Lawrence Lindaley, $1; Mrs. Gus Har
j rison, flf "Mr*-Clayton Moore, sl.
Order Non-Suit
Creek Church Case Yesterday
Meeting Is First of a Series
of Five To Be Held
During Term
Martin County's white teachers will
meet in the high school building here
next Saturday morning at 10 o'clock
for the first of a series of five meet
ings to be held during the 1932-33
school term, according to an announce
ment sent out from the 'office of the
county superintendent of schools this
The following program has been ar
Announcements about following
Discussion of reading in the schools,
Miss McDougal.
Results of reading tests in Martin
Cointy, Superintendent Manning.
Making a better beginning in the
year's work:
1. Finding the beginning point for
each child: Mrs. Taylor, first grade,
Williamston; Miss Modlin, fourth
grade, -Bear Crass; Miss Peel, high
school Robersonville (3 minutes each).
2. Review and preparation for new
work. Miss Cochran, first grade, Rob
ersonville; Miss Whichard, seventh
grade,-Oak City; Mr. Williams, high
school, Oak City.
3..Pupil adjustment and grade place
ment, Mr. Pollock, Jamesville, 5 min
4. The detailed program in reading,
Mr. Hix, Everetts, 5 minutes.
5. How will my school' actually
measure up to the attainments in read
ing as suggested in the hand book?
Mr. Ainslcy, Oak City; Mr. Plyler,
Hamilton; Mr, Wynne, Parmele; Mr.
Leake, Robersonville; Mr, Watson,
Williamston; Mr. Haislip, Hassell;
Miss Cooke, Ditrdens; Mr. Kdmond
son, Ciold Point (these talks will be
limited to 3 minutes each).
Discussion. *
Minton Rawls Died Within
Few Hours After Being
Attacked by Animal
Minton Rawls, aged farmer of Ber
tie County, was attacked and fatally
hurt by a mule near Republican last
Tuesday, Jle was removed to a Wash
ington hospital, where he died the fol
lowing evening at 6 o'clock.
According to reports reaching here,
Mr. Kawls was working near a peanut
picker when the -mule became fright
ened. Running to Mr, Rawls, the ani
mal raised his front legs and struck
the,man in the breast, injuring his
,jtitigs and breaking his back.
Interment was in the Mizelle bur
ial ground in Bear Grass Township
Thursday afternoon.
A native of this county, Mr. Rawls
moved from Bear Township,
where he was reared, to Bertie Coun
ty, where he worked on a farm.
One sister, Mrs. Lizzie Rogerson,
of this county, three brothers, John
and Mack Rawls, of Norfolk; and
Bob Rawls, of Bertie County, and sev
eral children survive.
To Discuss Farming Plans
at Parmele Training
School Thursday
Parinele, Nov. 29.—A conference of i
landowners and tenants will be held
at the Training School here Thursday
afternoon, December 1, beginning at
one o'clock. Such a meeting was held
last spring, the effect of which was so
far reaching that another such gath
ering is considered highly important.
Among the leading features of this
meeting will be addresses from repre
sentative* of the State Department of
Agriculture and the presence of promi
nent local white farmers and business
men who will also take part on the
program. Local farmers will report
on some of their recent achievements
and will place on exhibition farm prod
ucts grown this year. "Digging out
of the Depression," is the theme of
the conference.
It is reported that much resulted
from the last meeting in which many
of the leading landlords of the county
in cooperation with their tenants
found and developed many valuable
points that have helped both by i bet
ter understanding and closer cooper
Just 22 more shopping days are
left before Christmas, bringing
into being, and properly so, too,
that old advice, "Shop early and
avoid the last-minute rush."
Williamston merchants are pre
paring for the seasonal trade.
Decorations are already noticed
in a number of windows and
stores and within the next few
day or two, the holiday spirit will
be evidenced by more decorations
and the large stocks of articles
that are in demand at the par
ticular season of the year.
Shop at home is very good ad
vice, too, for around the home
merchants is centered the hope
fbr continued community prog
ress and even the economic life of
all. They justly appeal to every
one for a chance meeting the
demands of shoppers this 1932
Christmas season.
H. O. Peel and W. H. Co
burn To Take Charge
Next Tuesday
Holding a session of recorder's j
court here on a Saturday for the first
-time since the tribunal was establish- j
oil several years ago, Judge_Jo». \V. :
Bailey last Saturday reviewed a num-|
her of cases where the defendants had
failed to comply with the judgment j
of the court. One or two of the sev-j
eral defendants lacing the court for
being delinquent in their fines and!
costs were dismissed, the judge find-!
ing that they were unable to pay and.)
would hardly ever be in a position to'
square the accounts. Several others!
were ordered to make arrangements!
to pay by a certain time'or go to jail.'
A few down payments were made, but
none of the old and book-worn ac
counts was settled in full last Satur
day. , - | «£•
Moyd James, facing the court on a
larceny and receiving count, was sen
tenccd to the roads for a period of 12
Judge liailey is holding his last
session of the coilrt this afternoon fori
a further review of delinquent fine!
and cost accounts and for the trial;
of any cases that might be on docket.
His duties a* judge of the county
Court will cease next week when the
new officers take charge, Judge Uailey
completing two terms as head of the
court at that time.
Next Monday Solicitor If. O. Peel
will accept the required oath and be
ready tn fake the bench at the next
Tuesday session of the court. At
torney W. 11, Coburn will take the
role of solicitor, provided of course,
his nomination last June is approved |
by the county commissioners. And
as there are no objections to he en-!
tered against his nomination by the
people, it now stands that Judge 11.
O, Peel and Solicitor Coburn-. will
take over the operation of the court
for the first time next Tuesday.
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Rev. C. T. Rogers Returns
Here for His Third Year
Rev. ( has. T. Rogers, Methodist
minister, was returned to the Wil
liamston charge for another year yes
terday when appointments for the
new year were announced following
the annual North Carolina Confer
ence held in Rocky Mount. The new
year will be Mr. Rogers' third one
I here- since leaving Red Springs. Dur
j ing his pastorate here he has worked
untiringly for the betterment of his
church and the community, in general.
Negro Loses Life In the
Roanoke at Jamesville
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Clarence Moore, young Jamesville
negro, was drowned in the Roanoke
River there last Friday morning a
bout 9:30 o'clock. Moore, working on
a log barge for Fleming and Rober
son, is said to have jumped into the
stream when lie thought a log was
going to hit him. Unable to swim,
he drowned before help could reach
him. His body was recovered about
45 minutes after he went down.
Reed's Strain ot Cabbage
Is Found More Profitable
The Reed's strain of Danish cab
bage grown in Alleghany County has
, produced from one to three ton*, more
an acre than ohe ordinary varieties re
. turning the growers from $5 to S3O
more an acre. ; Aiii
Advertiser* Will Fnd Our Col
am* ■ Latchkey to Over Sixteen
Hundred Martin County Home*
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Judge Frank Daniels Urges
Litigants To Settle Case
Peacfully Out of Court
Another chapter—probably the last
and probably not—in the faced Smith
wicks Creek Church case was brought
to an abrupt close in the Martin Coun
ty Superior Court here yesterday
when the plaintiffs took a non-suit in
the action after Judge Frank A. Dan
iels denied a motion made to continue
the action on account of the illness
of Elder Newsome H. Harrison, one
of the principal witnesses for the plain
tiffs, or majority group.
In this way the unusual case, which
began five or six years ago and took
its course through the courts here
nearly three years ago, and which was
scheduled for retrial this week, goes
out of the courts and will probably
never come up again, though the plain'
t#s have one year to reopen the case
if they so desire.
When court opened, Hallet S. Ward,
for the plaintiffs, asked that the case
be continued because their star wit
ness, hlder Newsonte H. Harrison,
could not be present. The 87-year
old elder is sick alter having preach
ed for 71 years. His physician would
not permit him to attend court. The
plaintiffs contended they could not pro
ceed without his. testimony. "AVe lean
011 him as a pillar," 1 declared Mr.
Ward, "for he knows what happened
in this case, and is an authority on
the doctrine of the church."
A. D. Mac Lean, replying to the ar
gument for the defendants, said that
if the plaintiffs did not care to pro
ceed with the case they could take a
non-suit, but that Kldcr Harrison had
nothing to do with the case, the Rev.
W. 11. Harrington being the minister
when the church differences came up.
1 herefore, we contend," said Mr.
MacLcau, "that he can testify to noth
ing which can not be testified to by
numerous other witnesses fully as com
i ■ But the preponderant feeling was
against carrying the case on through
court again, possibly taking a full
week or more. There was talk of the
action being dismissed. "Now is the
acceptable time to end this case," de
clared one lawyer. It was suggested
that three men be chosen to decide
the casj*. Another suggestion was that
a man be chosen from either faction
to sit with Judge Daniels in an effort
to peacefully determine the outcome.
After both the plaintiffs and defend
ants,, had been heard through their
lawyers, and after numerous , sugges
tions as to a possible compromise,
from which nothing earney-JudgeDatV-"
,iels announced,. in the fewest of
words, that he saw no reason why the
case should be continued. At this
point, strong men cried, so intense had
been the feeling in the matter and so
j determined had been the attempt, on
the part of some, to see the matter
through to a finish.
During a 30-minute recess the plain
tiff's lawyers decided to take a non
suit, and Judge Daniels signed the
order before coming back to the bench
at 12:30 o'clock. Deepest silence pre
vailed as he began to speak. All eyes
were fastened on him. Every one ,
leaned forward to hear. For the par
ties on both sides had seemed emi
nently satisfied with Judge Daniels as
their trial judge. He had designated
himself in the court as a "Primitive
! Baptist Methodist," and at one point
; had stopped a lawyer who was ex
-1 pounding to him the Primitive Bap
tist doctrines, saying that he was thor
ouglily conversant with their doc
The judge announced that he had
just signed the non'suil and that be
fore adjourning court he had a few
things to say to both sides. Refer
ring to the fine type of citizens on
both sides, lie said, "This case is one
of the most deplorable situations ever
encountered. 1 hope, that brotherly
counsel on both sides may result in
resuscitating the power of this great
old church. I regret the course for
this division. I trust that good sense
and brotherly kindness may bring you
together in some arrangement where
none of you will have to sacrifice-yout
deep conviction*, but where the life
of thi* historical old church may be
resumed again and carried on a* be
comes the people of God. Nothing
will give me more pleasure than to
hear that just this has come about."
And thus the court adjourned with
a general feeling of gladneaa that thi*
case doe* not have to drag on through
a week or more of court proceeding*.
| And while it i* poatible that it may
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